THE Specialty Feed Ingredients Sustainability (SFIS) Project Consortium, which is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of livestock production through innovative feed ingredients, has announced the results of a yearlong study that confirms the role specialty feed ingredients play in reducing the environmental footprint of livestock production.
Launched a year ago, the study found that the use of specialty feed ingredients in animal diets reduces the consumption of basic feed ingredients. Furthermore, the report demonstrates that the use of specialty feed ingredients results in clear reductions in the livestock industry's global warming potential as well as its eutrophication and acidification potential.
The rigorous SFIS analysis employed life-cycle assessment (LCA) to examine the use of low-protein diets (nitrogen) and phytase in pigs and poultry. The results of the study were validated by an independent scientific council made up of global experts in the fields of LCA methodology and animal nutrition.
In addition to the positive results, the report also points towards future developments, such as improved feed conversion driven by advancing technologies in animal feeding through the use of specialty feed ingredients.
"We are delighted that the results of the analysis establish such a clear role for the use of specialty feed ingredients in reducing the environmental impact of livestock production," said Dr. Michael Binder, chair of the SFIS Technical Board. "By setting up a standard approach to measure this role and delivering a manual of nutritional practice, this project will enable specialty feed ingredients to be included in the evaluation of mitigation measures to reduce the environmental impact of animal production on a global basis."
Philippe Becquet, chair of the SFIS Management Board, added, "The SFIS project partners are committed to sharing the positive results of their work with international organizations and other feed chain operators. The project is a prominent example of how the feed industry is working together to improve the sustainability of the whole feed and food chain."
The final findings of the SFIS study will be published in the second quarter of 2014.
The SFIS Project Consortium is led by the International Feed Industry Federation and the European Union Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients & Their Mixtures and brings together the American Feed Industry Assn., Japan Feed Manufacturers Assn. and Brazilian Feed Industry Assn., as well as companies active in the production of feed and specialty feed ingredients.
The project partners have joined together to measure and establish the role of specialty feed ingredients, specifically amino acids and enzymes, in the environmental impact of livestock production and are united in the goal to contribute to reduced emissions in the food and feed chain.